Jacob Munoz, a student-athlete for the Klein Cain High School football team, has had to fight for his life twice over already in his 17 years on earth.
He was first diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia in 2015. After getting over the ailment the first time, Jacob was devastated again when his condition changed in 2017.
Jacob said the chemotherapy was the most challenging part of going through it all.
But in a happy turnaround for the young teen, Jacob has been on the sideline with his Klein Cain team throughout this season, throwing footballs around and taking everything in stride.
“I would say in September, I went in for an appointment and (the doctors) told me it was all good. They cleared me. They signed my physical and all my papers to get back out here,” he told KTRK-TV.
When asked what his return means, Jacob compared it to any other ailment that could sideline an athlete.
“It’s just not about football. … It’s just shown everyone who has been in any injury, tough situation, that they can come back from anything,” Jacob said.
Back in June 2018, Jacob came home to celebrate after exiting Texas Children’s Hospital for his second victory over cancer.
He was escorted by riders from several motorcycle groups, law enforcement members, the Texas Army National Guard, and other volunteers.
“But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace,” jacob said in a tweet.